Billions of apps have been combed to increase security.
Google’s own online platform is famous for its exceptional level of security and in recent years we have seen several negative comparisons and reviews. It is understandable that the company is trying to change existing views and, to this end, serious measures were taken last year, which led to the exclusion of several external developers.
A detailed publication summarizing the 2020 measures has been published in an official blog focused on security. From this, we learn that last year more than 100 billion applications that appeared in the catalog were combed and that they were trying to include as part of the Play Protect feature, which was originally introduced in 2017. The year 2020 was a particular success, as the emergence of COVID-19 forced them to introduce stricter requirements for pandemic and news applications, as well as a jump in the number of people and groups seeking economic benefits. . a priority, there had to be some way to prevent users from being fooled.
The algorithm, focused on machine learning, preceded the release of a total of 962,000 applications, so these creations did not even appear in the Play Store. At the same time, the accounts of 119,000 clearly malicious or spam-like third-party developers, more specifically banned on the platform, were blocked while restrictions were introduced in the online store. Applications that query background data have been reviewed separately, and developers should offer users a specific advantage in each case, listing in a new tab those developments approved by education-focused experts, specifically for children, and more transparency. on the news, they tried to get it.
According to the company, the above steps have led to greater recognition and better response among developers and they note that the number of resources has also decreased significantly.